Into the vineyards: Recaredo
Visiting Vineyards is my hobby. For a ‘wino’ like me, being among the vines is always a big Sip Sip Hooray! (By the way, I hate that ‘wino’ word. Where ‘a foodie’ conjures up images of pretty and healthy woman playing around in the kitchen, ‘wino’ refers in my mind to an alcoholic lunatic. Can we come up with anything fancier? Will the innocent ‘vinie’ do? Suggestions please!) But anyway, when we got invited by the small family-owned cava producer Recaredo -located in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia- to visit their winery, it took me not even a split second to agree on the plan. Last week we (me and my boy) jumped in the train and headed southwards.
In many ways this place is impressive. First, the view… These lucky grapevines have frontrow seats for the daily performance of the majestic Montserrat Mountain. What a sight! Morning sun and clear blue skies… The light made the whole thing beyond magic. Second, Recaredo’s cava’s are unique for a few reasons. None of their wines have a crown cap for the aging in the bottle (and that is a rarity in sparkling-land). They use corks, secured with a simple metal stable. Additionally, all the wines are ‘zero dosage’; they do not add a dosage -a mixture of reserve wine and pure cane sugar- after the disgorging, they top-up the bottle just with wine from another bottle. By that means all wines are labeled as ‘Brut Nature’ a.k.a. the driest of the dry.
Recaredo practices according the principles of biodynamic agriculture. The vines are cultivated with the least human intervention possible. No pesticides or fertilizers are ever used and all of these grapes are cultivated in a sustainable manner with the greatest respect to both flora and fauna in and around the vineyards.
Well, when grapevines are treated with so much care and love, and got every day inspired by that almighty Montserrat, nothing but happy juice ends up in the bottle..